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JU receives accreditation for new Doctorate in Business Administration

AACSBblueJacksonville University’s new Doctorate in Business Administration, one of only a handful offered in the Southeast, has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools that is expected this spring, classes are slated to begin this fall for the degree, opening up a powerful opportunity for business people to apply the theory they learn in the classroom to real-world problems.

JU expects an initial class of 12 students after final accreditation from SACS. Geared toward business professionals looking to move up in their careers by adding intense research tools, cutting-edge analytics and hands-on work with “Big Data” to their portfolios, the program at full-speed will educate up to 40 students in different phases of the three-year program.

“We have 17 active applications and another 25 in progress, so the competition to be admitted into that first graduating class will be intense,” said JU Business Dean Dr. Don Capener. “Our program is much more practical than typical PhD programs in business. Candidates will focus on real-world problems and data sets working in conjunction with local companies and the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce. We were encouraged by graduates over the last 30 years in our EMBA program to push even higher and offer a terminal business degree.”

Classes will be held Friday afternoons and Saturday two times a month on the JU campus. Some doctoral coursework and assignments will be conducted online, adding to the program flexibility. The research approach for the DBA is an “engaged scholarship” model that focuses on business topics at the intersection of theory and contemporary issues facing area businesses, Capener added.

Jacksonville University’s Davis College of Business is already accredited by AACSB, the longest-serving global accrediting body for business schools that offer undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees in business and accounting. Earned by less than five percent of the world’s business schools, JU’s business school received AACSB accreditation in 2010.

Interested applicants for the JU DBA should have significant professional experience and expertise in management and have a master’s degree. The application vetting process will include, among other things, an on-site interview, written statement of purpose and other requirements. Completing the GMAT college exam is not required but may enhance an applicant’s chances.

For information on applying, visit and click on the link for the DBA application, or contact AnnaMaria Murphy, Graduate Admissions Counselor, at (904) 256-7426, e-mail

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